Despite an extension on the lease for the iconic Washington, DC power eatery and bar, the site of many a tryst and a few political tussles, owner Carol Joynt has announced The End. Blame the rotten economy, an impossible building lease, and more than a decade of financial hassles.
Carol’s story goes back more than a dozen years. I’ve said before it’s the stuff of a movie or a TV series, a story of a single Mom suddenly saddled with the dregs of her husband’s attitude of ‘the good-times-are-always here, and damn the paperwork and the taxes.’
Well, the Nathans saga is ending, literally. Joynt’s been writing a book about her self-described nightmare, and maybe somebody will pick it up. Meanwhile, she’s got two pro-bono lawyers who had been working mightily to find a way she could keep the business going but who now will have to offer advice about avoiding liens, judgments, and perhaps even the IRS.
You’ll be hearing from Carol. Before her glamorous life as the wife of a DC bon vivant and restaurateur blew up, she was a savvy journalist and TV producer (Larry King and Charlie Rose.) Now she will be able to get back to doing what she loves.